Russia Issues Warning To Ukraine About Joining NATO

Russia Warns Against Ukraine Joining NATO
On Easter Sunday, one of the holiest days on the Orthodox calendar, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that allowing Ukraine to join NATO would pose a direct threat that would result in Russia being “forced to take measures to ensure its security.”

At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he welcomed the pick of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to head NATO, whom he contended he enjoys “very good relations.” However, he placed the onus on improving relations on the West. In July 2012, Russia and Ukraine signed a declaration on strategic partnership, in which Kiev reaffirmed that position.

In a piece in The Atlantic, David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed explore the roots of the dissolution of relations with Putin, which they argue dates back almost 15 years.

When elected in 2000, Putin set his sights on bringing Russia back to its heralded days as a global superpower, yet as he did, subsequent administrations underestimated his willingness to cooperate.

“Officials from the administrations of Presidents Bush and Barack Obama said American officials initially overestimated their potential areas of cooperation with Putin. Then, through a combination of overconfidence, inattention, and occasional clumsiness, Washington contributed to a deep spiral in relations with Moscow,” they write.

Boko Haram Claims Responsibility For Deadly Bombings
A man reported to be Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the terror group Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for a bombing in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja that left dozens dead, but did not address the kidnapping of 100 girls, whose fate remains uncertain.

The National Counterterrorism Center provides a useful backgrounder on the terror group, while the Gatestone Institute details the emergence of the Islamist organization.

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